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On the third Monday of February we celebrate Presidents’ Day.  Did you know that the federal name for this holiday is Washington’s Birthday?

This federal holiday was originally implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 and was celebrated on Washington’s actual birthday, February 22nd, and was the first federal holiday to honor an American president. 

In 1971, this holiday was shifted to the third Monday of February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. At this time there was a motion to rename the holiday Presidents’ Day to honor both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as Lincoln was another great American president known for re-shaping our country and he was born on February 12th. This motion failed to pass the committee and remains known as Washington’s Birthday.

Despite the unofficial name change, this day is more commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day and many people honor all American presidents instead of just Washington.